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New global network to explore link between genes and environmental factors to tackle health challenges

New global network to explore link between genes and environmental factors to tackle health challenges

A new global network linking leading research centres across the world has launched today to tackle some of the most pressing global health challenges of our time such as autism, cancer, diabetes and dementia. [More]
Metabolomics research at the Phenome Centre Birmingham

Metabolomics research at the Phenome Centre Birmingham

The new Phenome Centre Birmingham is an eight-million-pound research facility that has been funded by the Medical Research Council, by the University of Birmingham, and by four industry partners, namely, Beckman Coulter, Bruker, ThermoFisher Scientific and Waters. It is a clinical phenotyping centre. [More]
Salk scientists discover key to amplification of ‘invader’ signals

Salk scientists discover key to amplification of ‘invader’ signals

When a receptor on the surface of a T cell -- a sentry of the human immune system -- senses a single particle from a harmful intruder, it immediately kicks the cell into action, launching a larger immune response. But exactly how the signal from a single receptor, among thousands on each T cell, can be amplified to affect a whole cell has puzzled immunologists for decades. [More]
Researchers develop new rapid diagnostic test for cocaine in urine and oral fluid

Researchers develop new rapid diagnostic test for cocaine in urine and oral fluid

Academics in the University of Surrey's Department of Chemistry have developed a new diagnostic test for cocaine and benzoylecgonine (the main metabolite for cocaine) in urine and oral fluid. [More]
UAB researchers show how aging and excess dietary fat lead to heart failure

UAB researchers show how aging and excess dietary fat lead to heart failure

In mouse experiments, University of Alabama at Birmingham researchers have shown how aging and excess dietary fat create signals that lead to heart failure after a heart attack. [More]
New technique for identifying illicit drugs can provide high sensitivity and rapid results

New technique for identifying illicit drugs can provide high sensitivity and rapid results

For the identification of illicit drugs in forensic toxicological casework, analysis can be delayed and potentially compromised due to lengthy sample preparation. However a new technique has been developed that can provide high sensitivity and fast results. [More]
Researchers develop new, portable breath analyzer that may help in diagnosing diabetes

Researchers develop new, portable breath analyzer that may help in diagnosing diabetes

For several years, scientists have been working toward "breathalyzers" that can diagnose various diseases without painful pinpricks, needles or other unpleasant methods. [More]

New technique quickly and cheaply detects illegal designer drugs

A new technique has been identified that quickly and cheaply recognizes illegal designer drugs that normally evade detection. [More]
Using urine samples to diagnose disease in preterm newborns

Using urine samples to diagnose disease in preterm newborns

The majority of patients in neonatal intensive care units are premature babies, who often have infectious (congenital pneumonia) or noninfectious (tachypnea, infant respiratory distress syndrome) respiratory pathologies. [More]
Content of ‘love hormone’ in blood plasma 100 times higher than previously thought

Content of ‘love hormone’ in blood plasma 100 times higher than previously thought

Scientists at the University of Oslo have shown that the content of the "love hormone" oxytocin in blood plasma and serum is about 100 times higher than previously thought. [More]
Researchers develop new blood test for diagnosis of early-stage osteoarthritis

Researchers develop new blood test for diagnosis of early-stage osteoarthritis

Patients could soon be diagnosed with early-stage arthritis several years before the onset of physical and irreversible symptoms, thanks to a new test developed by researchers at the University of Warwick. [More]
Researchers find link between estrogen levels in lung tissue and SMLA in postmenopausal women

Researchers find link between estrogen levels in lung tissue and SMLA in postmenopausal women

Thanks to advances in medical imaging, the detection rate for synchronous multiple lung adenocarcinoma (SMLA) has been on the rise. Cases of SMLA in Japanese women have been on the rise despite having a national smoking rate of less than 10% in recent years. [More]
WSU researchers identify potential new diagnostic tool for early detection of colorectal cancer

WSU researchers identify potential new diagnostic tool for early detection of colorectal cancer

Scientists at Washington State University and Johns Hopkins Medical School have discovered a fast, noninvasive method that could lead to the early diagnosis of colorectal cancer. [More]
Benefit and harm of tandem mass spectrometry screening for tyrosinaemia type 1 remain unclear

Benefit and harm of tandem mass spectrometry screening for tyrosinaemia type 1 remain unclear

Tyrosinaemia type 1 is a rare, hereditary metabolic disease that, if left untreated, can already lead to serious liver and kidney damage in infancy. [More]
Scientists suggest potential approach of lowering tau levels to thwart Alzheimer's disease

Scientists suggest potential approach of lowering tau levels to thwart Alzheimer's disease

Taking a pill that prevents the accumulation of toxic molecules in the brain might someday help prevent or delay Alzheimer's disease, according to scientists at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. [More]
Researchers identify proteins in the blood that could improve detection of pancreatic cancer

Researchers identify proteins in the blood that could improve detection of pancreatic cancer

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal forms of cancer because early stage symptoms are relatively light, often resulting in it being discovered only after spreading to other organs. In order to improve the prognosis of pancreatic cancer, the development of methods for early detection of pancreatic cancer with a blood test is important. [More]
Neu5Gc common in red meat increases risk of tumor formation

Neu5Gc common in red meat increases risk of tumor formation

Neu5Gc, a non-human sialic acid sugar molecule common in red meat that increases the risk of tumor formation in humans, is also prevalent in pig organs, with concentrations increasing as the organs are cooked, a study by researchers from the UC Davis School of Medicine and Xiamen University School of Medicine has found. [More]
Study provides specific information about characteristics of dust mite allergens

Study provides specific information about characteristics of dust mite allergens

Scientists from the National Institutes of Health have determined what differentiates dust mite allergens from the non-allergen proteins dust mites produce. [More]
How could emerging technologies impact cancer care?

How could emerging technologies impact cancer care?

The major innovations in cancer diagnosis, therapy/palliative care and surgical intervention are too numerous to list here. But enormous strides have taken place in stem cell therapy, monoclonal antibody therapy and genetic screening. [More]
New lab-on-a-chip system can detect effects of toxic substances on hemoglobin in blood

New lab-on-a-chip system can detect effects of toxic substances on hemoglobin in blood

A new lab-on-a-chip system, developed by the University of Twente in The Netherlands, is capable of fast analysis of the effects of toxic substances on hemoglobin, for example. It mimicks human metabolism. [More]
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